Beng tasks CLO to look into Zamsowedco property row PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 06 November 2015 11:43

By SHEILA COVARRUBIAS

On orders of Mayor Beng Climaco, the City Legal Office is looking into the road right of way (RROW) controversy between a private cooperative and some residents of Sta. Barbara.

This, based on a letter of appeal from Corazon Lopez and several other residents of Sta. Barbara residents and a Sangguniang Panlungsod resolution acting on the same subject matter which is a request for the city to expropriate a portion of the property of the Zamboanga Social Welfare Development Multi-Purpose Cooperative (ZAMSOWEDCO) to serve as the entrance and exit for the said residents who are affected by the construction of the coop’s commercial building.

The controversy arose when Zamsowedco, a private coop started construction of a 3-storey commercial building at its newly-acquired property in Lot 1221-B located at Veterans Avenue, Sta. Barbara last July. The said property, previously a vacant lot and used as entry and exit points by the concerned Sta. Barbara residents can no longer be accessed.

An inspection of the area by personnel from the Office of the City Planning and Development Coordinator (OCPDC) and the City Assessor, it was learned that 2 lots have no RROW while 5 other lots have RROW accessing through Lustre Street. However, the same RROW has been enclosed with concrete fence and at some other point of the RROW is obstructed with an iron gate for security reasons per admission of the lot owners.

The closure of the RROW in the said lots negated the other residents with access to a public road and in effect divertws them to the ZAMSOWEDCO property as access to Veterans Avenue, as it was left vacant by the previous owner.

It was also discovered that in 5 other adjacent lots, there is an existing waterway/canal going towards Veterans Avenue and passing through the property of Jose Trota and Purita Fernandez. Portion of the said waterway is covered with a concrete slab and portion an open canal. However, it was also noted by the same team of city government personnel that portion of the said waterway is occupied by illegal structures which are constructed on top of the way/canal.

The OCPDC said the City Government could have improved the existing waterway to serve as temporary access RROW. However, considering that the said waterway passes through private properties, it was gathered that the owners of the said properties would not agree to serve the waterway as RROW at the same time. — Sheila Covarrubias